What we're about

We are a group of civic hackers, technologists, public servants, and community leaders in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, St. Paul, and metro area) focused on improving the technology of our cities. We are a Code for America Brigade (http://brigade.codeforamerica.org/) partnered with E-Democracy.org (http://forums.e-democracy.org/about).

See our Mission Statement and Goals (http://opentwincities.org/about/mission/) for more information.

Please join us if you have any interest or curiosity in experimenting with new technologies that address community or civic needs, or wish to discuss how a new or improved technology can help the community we live in.

For discussion, please join the Open Twin Cities Google Group (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/twin-cities-brigade).

Upcoming events (5+)

Minneapolis Monthly Meetup

Minneapolis Central Library

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are changing the date and location of the Minneapolis Monthly Meetup events! We will now be meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month, and we will meet at the Minneapolis Central Library. (The exact room in the library may change from month to month based on room availability.) The library does not allow food in meeting rooms, so we will NOT have pizza at this meetup. Please plan to eat before or after the meetup. You may, however, bring covered beverages into the meeting room. --- This meeting will be an open lab time where we will work on projects. All skillsets and skill levels are welcome! We are a group that is dedicated to helping each other learn and explore things related to civic technology, open government, and open data. Come with ideas for projects or things you may have already started, or just bring yourself and we'll try to match you up with an already existing project, idea, or dataset to explore. Code of Conduct: As with any event hosted by Open Twin Cities, our Code of Conduct (https://github.com/codeforamerica/codeofconduct) will be in effect during this meetup. Respect each other. Respect different experiences, view points, and skills. The Open Twin Cities website: http://opentwincities.org Open Twin Cities is a part of the Code for America Brigade network.

St. Paul Monthly Meetup

Granicus

We're back at Granicus (https://granicus.com) in downtown St. Paul! Come with ideas for projects, things you may have already started, or we'll try to match you up with an already existing project or idea. We'll have food and some great conversation. Open Twin Cities does not manage any projects but is happy to hear your ideas and try to connect you with community members. Please comment below on any ideas or projects you might want to work on. Code of Conduct As with any event hosted by Open Twin Cities, our Code of Conduct (http://opentwincities.org/about/code-of-conduct/) will be in effect during this meetup. Respect different experiences, view points, and skills. Respect each other. Parking If you're driving to the meetup, good places to find street parking are along St. Peters St., Market St., Wabasha St, and West 7th. Note, you can not park directly in front of the Hamm building, which is a valet zone.

Minneapolis Monthly Meetup

Minneapolis Central Library

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are changing the date and location of the Minneapolis Monthly Meetup events! We will now be meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month, and we will meet at the Minneapolis Central Library. (The exact room in the library may change from month to month based on room availability.) The library does not allow food in meeting rooms, so we will NOT have pizza at this meetup. Please plan to eat before or after the meetup. You may, however, bring covered beverages into the meeting room. --- This meeting will be an open lab time where we will work on projects. All skillsets and skill levels are welcome! We are a group that is dedicated to helping each other learn and explore things related to civic technology, open government, and open data. Come with ideas for projects or things you may have already started, or just bring yourself and we'll try to match you up with an already existing project, idea, or dataset to explore. Code of Conduct: As with any event hosted by Open Twin Cities, our Code of Conduct (https://github.com/codeforamerica/codeofconduct) will be in effect during this meetup. Respect each other. Respect different experiences, view points, and skills. The Open Twin Cities website: http://opentwincities.org Open Twin Cities is a part of the Code for America Brigade network.

March Book Club - "Brotopia"

Walker Library

Civic tech isn't just about data, coding, and designing. There are a lot of great books and articles out there that address society, culture, technology, discrimination, economics, and all those other things we care about. So let’s read and talk about some of them! In March, we'll meet up to discuss the book "Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley" by Emily Chang. Emily Chang is the host and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology, a weekday show focused on the future of technology and business. Her book explores the culture of sexism in Silicon Valley, and how this sexism conflicts with the utopian ideals of "meritocracy" and "change the world" empowerment that are core to Silicon Valley's self-narrative. If you only have time to read part of the book, then skim one or two of the sections that interest you most and we can compare notes. We look forward to seeing you there! You can find the book at: - Hennepin County Library: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/5664043109 - St. Paul Public Library: https://sppl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2383557138 Note: The library doesn't allow food in this room, but you're welcome to bring yourself a beverage as long as it's covered.

Past events (114)

St. Paul Monthly Meetup

Granicus

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